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Headword: *mastigi/as e)k *meli/ths
Adler number: mu,262
Translated headword: a floggable (slave) from Melite
Vetting Status: high
Herakles [is] a slave, [born] of the nymph Melite. And Melite [is also] a deme of Attica.
Greek Original:
*mastigi/as e)k *meli/ths: dou=los o( *(hraklh=s, a)po\ *meli/ths nu/mfhs. kai\ *meli/th, dh=mos th=s *)attikh=s.
The headword phrase quotes (loosely) Aristophanes, Frogs 501 (web address 1), and the body of the entry reflects scholiastic comment on the line -- where, in referring to the god Herakles, the phrase "from Melite" (a city-centre deme where he had a famous sanctuary: mu 521) comes first and the unexpected noun mastigi/as then creates the joke.
See also mu 261.
J.S. Traill, The Political Organization of Attica (Princeton 1975) 50
D. Whitehead, The Demes of Attica (Princeton 1986) index s.v.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; geography; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 December 2000@05:08:09.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link) on 3 June 2002@10:49:09.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 8 May 2013@07:58:59.


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